Friday, March 27, 2015

Moments in time

I used to think that "older" people were crazy when they would remark how time flies so quickly. Well, I guess I must be one of those "older" people now! It amazes me how quickly time seems to fly and the years are gone before we know it. The moments of joy mixed with sadness all flow together to make up this beautiful tapestry of our lives.

When I awoke this morning and looked at the date my thoughts turned to six months ago.  We were anxiously awaiting the birth of our first grandson.  The anticipation grew as we waited for Nathan to come tell us about this newest addition to our family, and our joy overflowed as we heard the news.  Nothing compared to the first moments as we held him in our arms and our hearts filled with a new love we had never before experienced.
I chose a scripture to pray for and over Cooper at his birth. It is a scripture that I continue to pray for him as I watch him grow and anticipate the days ahead as I pray that God will lead and protect his little life.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues
 through all generations. (Psalm 100:5 NIV)
Next week we will celebrate 92 years with my precious Nannie and the sweet moments  with my grandparents are memories I will always cherish.  I pray we can be half the grandparents to our grandchildren as mine were to me. 
Each day is a gift, and as we open the gifts I give God the glory for blessing us far more than we will ever deserve!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Drops in the Ocean

This morning as I awoke to the sounds of the rain on my metal roof I knew I needed to hear the words of the Lord to get me out of bed and moving! I would have much rather snuggled up and kept on sleeping when that 5 am alarm went off!  As I turned on the radio this was the first song I heard and it spoke to the depths of my being.  I hope the words will speak to your heart as well.

"Drops In The Ocean" 

If you wanna know
How far my love can go
Just how deep, just how wide
If you wanna see
How much you mean to me
Look at my hands, look at my side
If you could count the times I'd say you are forgiven
It's more than the drops in the ocean

In the area where we live we are continually reminded that there is a shortage of water and the lakes are drying up.  It's often easy to forget the true depth of the water in the ocean and how 
deep and vast it flows. 

Do we also forget how deep His love is for us?  

Isn't it amazing that HIS love for us is more than the 
There is nothing I love more than the ocean and there is no one I would rather 
hang out with at the ocean than these dear people. 
We laugh, we cry, and we share moments that we
will always treasure. 

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
 the name of the LORD is to be praised.
Psalm 113:3

Snow Days

Like a few other posts, I started this one and didn't realize I never published it.  So, a few weeks later, here it is:

When the world complains about another snow day and being stuck inside I am rejoicing! As a teacher it isn't the idea of being out of school, but rather the idea that I am inside with some pretty special people that causes me to rejoice! Our snow days usually include a delicious breakfast prepared by an amazing daddy, along with games, rest and snuggling on the couch.  There are movies and books to read and then when we actually get snow we get to play!  Here in Texas, snow and not ice is pretty rare so we have to enjoy it while we can! How could I complain when I get to spend hours with these amazing people? Now we are off to play! 

Cherish every moment...for it is only this moment that is promised.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

December 31, 2014

Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. 
Hebrews 7:26
Two Thousand and Fourteen


A year that strengthened our faith through laughter and tears

One etched in our memory for years to come

One that included abundant prayers

We experienced heartache and grief as we heard the horrible news of our son's injury and we 
rejoiced as we watched God heal his wounds. 

We shed tears at the loss of a precious friend gone too soon, and we rejoiced at the 
birth of our first grandson. 

Through the heartache and tears, the rejoicing and smiles, our confidence in THE ONE who led us through every mountaintop and every valley grew stronger and our faith deepened. 

I heard the following quote on the radio today, 
"The greater the love that dwells in a person, the greater the person in whom it dwells." 
(author unknown)

I hope I am a greater person at the end of this year than I was 12 months ago because of the love I shared with others. Thank you, to those who have loved our family 
and shown us the unconditional love of the Lord.
Our lives have been richly blessed through many of you this past year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our growing family

Stay tuned as 2015 will add a few more beautiful faces!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

December 27-Our birthday girl

Words of wisdom from our newest nine year old:                                        

Relax deeply-"you must not do anything, just breathe deeply"

Dream big- "my dream is to become a doctor, have a daughter, have a nice car."

Believe with all your heart- "what I believe: Jesus! I believe I'm going to have a nice, crazy future."

With a birthday only two days after Christmas we typically celebrate with the family earlier and then have a special day with just a few of us on her actual birthday.  So, today started with hot cocoa in mom and dad's bed, along with some interesting conversation and a few good laughs. 
Then, daddy prepared a late breakfast topped with candles and a 
Happy Birthday song that hopefully was not recorded!

After a relaxing day at home, we went to the movie to watch Annie and consume lots of buttery popcorn and soda. Followed by dinner at her favorite place, Panda Express.  
I'm not so sure her use of chopsticks would be acceptable in China, but it certainly gets the job done!
Our evening ended snuggled on the couch, in front of the fire playing games.  It is so hard to believe that our sweet girl has already spent 5 birthdays at home.  It seems like she has always been part of our family. We thank God for every birthday we celebrate as she continues on the journey(in her own words),  to her "nice, crazy future."